13062018-LT-01.qxd 6/12/2018 11:53 PM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 13 JUNE 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE MR vaccination drive Row over ‘langar’ Summers fun 8.5 lakh kids vaccinated against the target of 12.55 lakh in the district so far. P3 Tension has flared a couple of times over an almirah kept at a park in SBS Nagar. P3 Students take part in various activities on the last day of a summer camp at Dehlon. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 43°C MIN 29°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7:31 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:23 AM Way paved for bridge construction Civic body team pulls down illegal structures adjoining Jagraon Bridge Drive peaceful Tribune News Service ❝ We had served notices on the residents of the area and asked them to vacate their houses. The demolition drive was carried out in a peaceful manner and most of the local residents were cooperative Ludhiana, June 12 Finally, encroachments near Jagraon Bridge here were demolished by a team of the Municipal Corporation on Tuesday. The team arrived at the spot early in the morning and started the demolition drive. Joint Commissioner of MC Kulpreet Singh led the team. The residents were given time to vacate their houses before starting the drive. A huge police force, including police women, was deployed in the area to maintain law and order situation during the drive. Initially, local residents, including women, objected to the demolition drive and minor arguments with the MC officials and the police ensued. But they gave up soon and the machines started pulling down the structures. ❞ KULPREET SINGH, Joint Commissioner of MC Illegal structures being demolished near Jagraon Bridge on Tuesday; and (left) residents cry as they watch their residences being pulled down by the civic body staff. The old bridge, which has been declared unsafe by the Railways, will be widened during its reconstruction. Youth threatens to jump from roof A minor drama was witnessed when a youth climbed the rooftop of a house and threatened to jump in protest against the drive. Though he climbed down after a few minutes following appeals by the SNIPPETS Showroom theft Ludhiana: Thieves struck at an electronics showroom on the Jassian road. They entered the showroom, Sagar Electricals, by breaking open the door on the rooftop and stole 12 bundles of cable, one laptop, one LCD and Rs 5,000 in cash. Four thieves were captured on the cameras installed in the shop. Faces of two of them were visible while the other two had covered their faces. TNS Bigamy case Ludhiana: The police booked a man on the charge of bigamy. He has been identified as Rakesh Kumar, of Jawahar Nagar. The complainant, Anita Arora, a resident of Jagat Nagar, told the police that the accused had told her that he had divorced his first wife and accordingly, she married him. Later, she came to know that the accused had not divorced his first wife. TNS PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN authorities and the local residents, he was overpowered by the police and kept in custody for some time. The Municipal Corporation staff demolished sever- al illegal structures. According to the authorities, as many as 97 illegal structures are to be demolished during the drive. The drive was going on till the filing of this report late in the evening. Most of the illegal structures had been demolished. Meanwhile, Kulpreet Singh said the demolition of these structures was required for widening the bridge. “We had served notices on the residents of the area and asked them to vacate their houses. The demolition drive was carried out in a peaceful manner and most of the local residents were cooperative,” he said. He said the residents, whose houses had been demolished, had been allotted flats by the Municipal Corporation in the Mundian Kalan area of Ludhiana. Minister puts industry on notice Soni tells them to set up effluent treatment plants in 2 months or face closure ‘Industry nal sarkaran chaldiyan’ Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 12 Environment Minister OP Soni has warned industrialists of polluting Buddha Nullah. He has said industrialists are being given two months and within this time period, they should build effluent treatment plants to check release of industrial waste into the nullah or other water bodies. When asked repeatedly what action the government would take against erring industrialists, the minister said their units would be sealed. This was the minister's maiden visit to the industrial city after taking charge of the ministry. Soni had a meeting with industrialists, most of them heads of dyeing units, at the Circuit House. Environment Minister OP Soni (centre) during his visit to Buddha Nullah near the Chand cinema on Tuesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Environment Minister OP Soni raised eyebrows during his visit to the Buddha Nullah when he said the government ran because of industry. He said the CM and the government didn’t want industry to be closed in the state. “Industry naal hi sarkaran chaldiyan (governments run because of industry) but the industry should also fulfil its responsibility and stop pollution,” he said. “What is the point of minister’s visit here if he didn’t drive along the nullah to realise the gravity of the situation,” Amandeep Singh, a resident of Salem Tabri, said. Dyeing units are mostly blamed for pollution in the nullah as well as air. Before the meeting, the minister was, in fact, 'honoured' by the associations during his maiden visit to the city. month time was given to industries, which have been polluting water and air of the city for years, he said it had only been a month and a half since he became the minister. Meanwhile, the Environment Minister paid a brief visit to the nullah, where he repeated that after the twomonth deadline, violating units would face closure. When asked why the two- Applicants vexed over delay in RTI reply Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 12 Applicants seeking information under the Right to Information (RTI) with respect to their cases in the Commissioner-RTI office are a harassed lot due to the delayed release of information. Officials in the office blame it on the lackadaisical attitude of the Station House Officers (SHOs) concerned who show reluctance in giving information. During a visit to the RTI office, The Tribune team found several applicants lamenting that they had to do the rounds of the office to get a reply to their RTI application, the time for which has already been Space crunch at office The RTI office is grappling with space crunch as barely any visitor can enter the office. Work is carried out through a singlewindow counter. An employee said: “We are six of us who adjust in this small space. Also, first and second appeal applications come here only. It becomes cumbersome to manage. Sometimes, we have to call the RTI applicant inside to understand his query, which is another problem in such a small space.” extended beyond the stipulated 30 days. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is supposed to send the RTI reply within 30 days. But due to negligence on the part of officers, information gets delayed. An official of the CommissionerRTI office said: “We are only facilitating information ❝ We are only facilitating information to applicants. The station house officer concerned is supposed to send information about the case. They are not cooperative at all and as a result information is getting delayed. We have to tell the officers that action will be taken against them if they do not provide information. AN OFFICIAL between the applicant and the PIO. The SHO concerned, who looks after the case, is supposed to send information about the case. However, they are not cooperative at all and as a result information is getting delayed. We have to tell the officers that action will be taken against them if they ❞ do not provide information.” Sarabhjit Singh, RTI activist, said: “Information provided is often deficient or does not relate to the queries. The officers do not identify what the query is and that delays information. Here almost 80% of the RTI is about final reports of investigation. People facing c m y b charges want to prove their innocence through the RTI, which they don’t get in time. Not providing information on time can create problems for many persons involved in various cases. This is sabotaging the right to information that pertains to right and liberty of a person. If you are carrying out investigation in a fair manner, what holds you from parting with information? A victim remains a victim till the time his innocence is proved and what is the better way other than the RTI office?” Prince, who filed an RTI in April, said: “I have still not received the reply. It has been more than one month now. I have paid countless visits to the RTI office.” Action week: 17 child labourers rescued Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 12 On the second day of action week being observed by the District Task Force, 17 children were rescued during raids conducted against child labour. The raid was carried out in the Payal and Sahnewal areas of the district. Rehabilitation report Chairman of Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Sukesh Kalia has said: “It is our duty to rescue children from bonded labour and impart them education under the RTE. We have formed a task force to check child labour and child begging. They can’t shy away from their responsibilities. I will ask them about the status of rehabilitation of the children rescued.” Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) and Nodal Officer Kanu Garg said: “We had received a complaint from an NGO about child labour at Sundernagar, wherein we rescued 16 children, who were working in a small-scale hosiery unit. One child was rescued from the Sahnewal area also. We have got them medically examined.” INSIDE Payments Bank to open at Head Post Office. p4 Crackdown on artificial ripening of fruits. p4 Agent Ghai facing 26 FIRs evades arrest Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 12 The police have failed to arrest Nitish Ghai, owner of an immigration firm, who has cheated a large number of people in immigration frauds. Three weeks ago, the city police had launched a crackdown on illegal immigration firms and travel agents operating in the city. During investigation, the police registered 26 FIRs against Ghai. Special teams were recently formed by the police to trace the accused. Surendra Lamba, ADCP , who is investigating the immigration fraud cases, said 26 FIRs had been registered against the illegal immigration firm owner, Nitish Ghai, and investigation was still on into the complaints pending with the police. “We have been conducting raids at the suspected hideouts of the accused agent. Unfortunately, he is still out of the police net. Our teams are on the job and soon he will be behind bars,” said Lamba. He said a list of Nitish’s properties, which he amassed with money he made by cheating innocent people aspiring to go abroad, has been prepared and soon, the process to attach these will start. On May 25, the police raided nine travel and immigration firms and registered FIRs against four firms, namely Blessing Consultancy (Nitish), A to Z Tour and Travels, GGI Group All Types Visa Consultancy and 99 Visa & Bright Solution Consultancy (Nitish).
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